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FSU fans should pay attention to Bucs-Jags preseason game

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Now, this is an NFL game made for Jimbo Fisher.

Just imagine Fisher, the FSU football coach, kicking of his shoes and turning up the volume. Imagine him taking a break from the films for once. Imagine him making popcorn.

Here it is, the football version of All My Children.

Playing there for the Bucs is Jameis Winston, the former Heisman winner. He was the No. 1 draft pick and had a great rookie season.

Playing over there for the Jags is Jalen Ramsey, the former defensive back who is off to great reviews in Jacksonville.

Playing with Ramsey is linebacker Telvin Smith and receiver Rashan Greene.

Playing with Winston is kicker Roberto Aguayo.

Shoot, Fisher might get so excited he throws a flaming spear into the carpet.

All five of the players started for FSU during the national title run after the 2013 regular season. Of course, there are others. Carolina has Kelvin Benjamin and the Raiders have Mario Edwards and the Ravens have Timmy Jernigan. Success has scattered other FSU players across the NFL.

But for a night, five of them will reunite. Fisher should be proud.

Winston told ESPN he is looking forward to going against Smith.

“That’s what I love, and that’s why I’m really excited, just to be playing against him,” Winston said. “Just to get that feeling back, because I know he’s very passionate and I know he’s going to bring it and he’s not going to take any plays off.”

Ramsey, on the other hand, has talked up Winston.

“Jameis always gets me better,” said Ramsey, who was selected fifth overall by the Jags in this year’s NFL draft. “I love going against Jameis. He made me a better player my two years in college with him, and today was good work with him as well.”

They play against each other Saturday night. Fisher should be paying attention.

After that, he has a lot of new players to get ready to be pros.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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